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Unifire Acquires Tactical Distribution Wing of Source One Distributors

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

SPOKANE, WA (November 10, 2015) – Unifire, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement to acquire the tactical distribution wing of Source One Distributors, Inc., headquartered in Wellington, Florida. The agreement has been approved by both companies and the transaction is currently scheduled to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

By acquiring the tactical distribution arm of Source One, Unifire will purchase assets that include multiple contracting vehicles like the $10B Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support Program (Formerly Prime Vendor), GSA schedules, and a Blanket Purchase Agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. This acquisition will diversify Unifire’s contracts as well as strengthen and broaden their already expansive product portfolio.

Dan Raczykowski President/COO of Unifire stated “After working with Source One for the past year and getting to know their staff, I was impressed and it just made sense to try and acquire the company and bring them into the Unifire family of companies which include Advanced Tech Rescue, Tactical Team Support, Outfitters Camp, and Carbide Chain of America. I am excited to welcome the transitioning employees onto the Unifire Team!

Racer Mark Llano Faithful to Marine Corps Past

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Source One Distributor‘s CEO Mark Llano is a pretty interesting guy. Not only does he run one of the Special Operations TLS contractors and spend a great deal of personal time and resources supporting his fellow Veterans but turns out he’s also a race car driver.

It’s been said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Veteran and SERKET driver Mark Llano has brought that philosophy from the United States Marine Corps to the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama.

The former Marine decided to pursue the challenge of racing when he heard the roar of the fully throttled engines at the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

“I remember Daytona, when I heard those engines for the first time. I remember being inspired by the competition and the camaraderie on the track and how it reminded me of my time in the Marine Corps. Then I thought, this could be a great way to inspire people,” said Llano. “This could be a great way to inspire veterans. And by competing we could help raise awareness and funds that assist those veterans achieve the American dream they have fought for so long to protect.”

Mark LlanoIf there’s one person who undoubtedly understands the American dream, it may be Llano. He emerged from an impoverished childhood to become a model citizen with countless awards and achievements on his resume. Llano is motivated to influence those who are in need by developing a legacy of hope.

“As a boy growing up in challenging circumstances, I have learned in my life that where you come from doesn’t define where you will end up,” said Llano. “If you aren’t afraid of the challenge of the unknown, you can achieve great success.”

Through a partnership with NGT Motorsport, Llano is determined to accomplish this mission. NGT Motorsport was the recommended race team for Llano because of their professionalism and commitment to racing, as well as their fierce drive to win.

Llano’s drive doesn’t only come from within. His grandfather reminded him consistently “if you believe in who you are, you will become what you believe.” Llano continues to remind himself of that advice daily.

That gift of wisdom has paid off. Llano is now a Marine veteran, race car driver in the largest single-make series in the world, and President and CEO of Source One Distributors, a leading provider of products and equipment to the armed services and law enforcement.

Though military service is an important part of Llano’s business, it’s not just a business for the Gulf War veteran. Llano has held onto his military service through his distinguished Marine Corps bond of Semper Fidelis, a Latin term signifying the transformation to a Marine that cannot be undone. This term translates to specifically mean “always faithful.” Llano has remained faithful to his military cause with a determination to always live by the ethics and values of the Corps.

“I plan on leaving a legacy in the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season through excellence and achievement on the race track translating into an increase in support and awareness for our veterans and their families within IMSA, its competitors and its fan base,” he said.

Llano embodies his passion for military service with his mission to dedicate 25 percent of sponsorship to organizations dedicated to veteran support. The philanthropic partners Llano will represent during the 2013 season include Extreme Couture GI Foundation, Executive Bootcamp for Veteran’s and Operation Homefront. Because of his earnest loyalty to philanthropy, the Florida-native was recently honored with a key to the Village of Wellington, Florida.

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With a high and tight haircut and a camouflage-wrapped Porsche Cup Car, Llano is easy to spot in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge paddock. But both cosmetic details serve a strategic purpose in the former Marine’s pursuit to raise military awareness.

“In 2012, we were very excited to enter into a relationship with Crye Precision who made the MultiCam® pattern car wrap possible,” said Llano. “With their commitment to creating high quality products that keep our soldiers safe in the field, and their dedication to the veterans’ community, Crye Precision embodies the very ideals that SERKET Racing was founded on: excellence and dedication.”

The camouflage Porsche GT3 Cup car is one of a kind and Llano has dedicated its originality to serve an important role in a mission to honor service members of the military.

“For CRYE Precision, the MultiCam camouflage pattern is a source of pride,” said the SERKET racing driver. “The unconventional design and innovation that it was born from has proven to be effective in protecting the lives of our servicemen and women. We want the fans to know that this camouflage represents our military’s sacrifice and that SERKET Racing is an ambassador for their needs.”

Above all, Llano will make his entrance with a statement at the opening race of the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season. With a clearly declared mission for excellence in exchange for military support, expect to hear an “Oorah!” battle cry from the SERKET/NGT Racing Porsche Cup car as the first green flag waves in Sebring for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida March 13-16.

Follow the team at serketracing.com.

Source One CEO & President Mark Llano Attends White House Forum

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Source One Distributors, Inc CEO & President Mark Llano attended a half day forum on jobs and the south Florida economy co-hosted by the White House Business Council and Business Forward.

The forum featured high level discussions between senior White House and Administration officials and successful local area entrepreneurs focusing on national resources needed to grow the economy and create jobs in local markets. Nominated by the Small Business Administration to attend, Mr Llano joined other prominent south Florida business leaders at the United States Treasury Department to discuss what’s working in the Miami area and how the private sector and government can collaborate more effectively to foster greater opportunity, innovation, job creation, and, as the President said in his State of the Union address, “create an American economy that’s built to last.”

“I was honored to have had the opportunity to represent the state of Florida in our nation’s capital and meet with senior White House and Administration officials as well as my peers to discuss how to help the American economy grow,” said Source One President & CEO Mark Llano. “The entrepreneurial talent at this forum was very impressive; the state of Florida was well represented as the destination for small businesses in the United States!”

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Source One Sponsors NFTE’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Alumni Fund

Monday, February 27th, 2012

As you know, Source One Distributors is a big supporter of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. Source One has teamed up with Ernst & Young to inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Yearâ„¢ Awards in 2011, Ernst & Young created a special fund in honor of Source One President & CEO Mark Llano and the more than 8,000 winners of the prestigious award. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni Fundhas been established to help students from low-income backgrounds fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams.

The Fund will reward top NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship) students with college scholarships. It will also support high school entrepreneurship classes across the country through NFTE’s Adopt-A-Class program. These investments will significantly advance NFTE’s long-term goals for supporting the entrepreneurial endeavors of low-income youth along with their teachers.to helping young people achieve their potential through education as well as entrepreneurship.

“We are very excited about working with Ernst & Young and the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship to help support these incredible students as they achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams,” said Source One President & Mark Llano. “Helping provide scholarships and funding for entrepreneurial ventures at this stage is crucial to sustaining America’s great tradition of business excellence and we are honored to be involved.”

For more information please visit: www.nfte.com/ey

TLS Isn’t Going Anywhere

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Despite criticism of the program (mainly from those who don’t have a piece of the pie) Defense Logistics Agency’s Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program isn’t going away. In fact, it’s flourishing. All four incumbents have been issued a one year extension.

Originally envisioned as the Prime Vendor for Special Operations Equipment program over 10 years ago, the concept began as a means to provide better support to the diving community. DLA found itself stocking dive gear for a small community. The idea was formed to outsource the stocking of this gear to commercial dive supply houses who specialized in the gear and could actually support a wider variety of items. This saved DoD money by not having to stockpile equipment and provided the diving community with more options. Since many of the divers hail from SOF units, it was only a matter of time before the contract was leveraged to provide other specialized, low density gear.

Since that time, the program has morphed into TLS to more accurately reflect the other prime vendor programs which include food and medical commodities. This change has also introduced increased competition amongst the participants and improved administration and oversight of the program. Over the past 10 years I have observed ups and downs with this program and, while I don’t think it’s right for every purchase, it has certainly served DoD well.

From yesterday’s DoD Contract Announcements…

Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc.*, Harrisonburg, Va., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0001/P00016. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,680,898,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

W.S. Darley & Co.*, Itasca, Ill., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0002/P00015. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,622,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Source One Distributors, Inc.*, Wellington, Fla., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0004/P00017. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $5,470,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Atlantic Diving Supply*, Virginia Beach, Va., was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM8EJ-09-D-0003/P00017. The award is a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $4,316,398,304 for delivery of items supported by the Special Operational equipment, tailored Logistics Support Program. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were 14 responses to the Web solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 9, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.